1 Dec 2021
Accepted until: December 1, 2021
Loss comes whenever, and often. Between the almost 5 million people claimed by COVID, the unrelenting destruction of the planet, and the sense that the powerful may not effectively intervene—along with all the more common losses—many of us are living in grief. We don’t even need to have experienced it personally; collective grief, like individual grief, can be sharp, or a low-lying hum, a frequency that disturbs without detection. It’s a condition stranger than stereotypes, too, stirring social anxiety, distrust, fear, anger, aggression, extremism. This inexorable phenomenon that many try to truncate in order to get on with their lives calls not only for pain management but self-work, negotiation, and culturally-specific practices. How do we honour the ache, the wound, the memory, the waning trace, the joyous echo? What if we leaned into what’s lost as earnestly as we lean into gains? How can we work attentively with this condition while steeped in it, dulled by it? How does it help us see? This issue explores artistic practices and adjacent bodies of knowledge that face, embrace, and expand matters of loss, grief (an affect, an emotion) and mourning (an action, a ritual).
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